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I’m currently sat at my desk worrying about homework, Instagram and exams. “Being a teenager is hard”, we’ve all thought it, been told it believed it. However, what I’ve recently realised is that when you have the right mindset, you can destress and de-obsess over all of those important Gen Z issues such as likes, comments, followers and all that follows. I’ve recently come up with a method I like to call ‘APP’. Atmosphere, passions, people. In my opinion, those three things are the most simple, easy way to unwind and destress.
You can’t solve an equation without knowing what the numbers are in it (to be honest, I can’t solve them with the numbers either). This applies to your life too. If you don’t know exactly what’s bothering you then how do you expect to sort it? The only way to go about helping the matter is by properly reflecting and thinking about it. I often write down where I’m at in my life. Simply, projecting any thought I’m possibly thinking onto notes on my phone or the more classic approach of a pen and paper. By doing this I’m staying on top of my feelings and emotions, not letting the negative ones take over or get in the way of my day to day life. This is where ‘APP’ comes in really handy. If I can apply that to my life, then I know that I’ll be in a much better place to change the things that need changing. Starting with ‘atmosphere’.
When talking about atmosphere, I mean your surroundings at home and anywhere you spend a lot of time. When my bedroom’s messy (which trust me, it is… A lot.) I’m not going to feel as comfortable and calm as I would in a tidy, organised environment.
Moving onto ‘passions’. I’ve always said whilst speaking on the topic of work and business that if you don’t have a passion for what you do and love what you do then you won’t succeed. This totally applies to your life as well. If you don’t surround yourself with your passions and the things you love, then the things you enjoy less will seem harder and longer. The most common example is studying. I know a lot of really hard workers, always studying at revising. However, they can often really overwork themselves and get themselves stressed and tense regarding school and exams. That is completely the wrong mindset. You want to have a set amount of time for work and leisure
in your life. Have a nice balance between studying and doing the things you love rather than not living for the months that you’re revising in. It will completely change the way you think.
Finally, there’s ‘people’. The most important thing in my life are the people who I surround myself with, friends and family. These are the people who are going to help you through all of your tough times but congratulate and praise you in the good.
Money is NOT the key to Success. Back in 2010 I was on holiday at Potters Resort and had heard about a fancy dress competition being held one of the nights. I was in it to win it and had a carefully thought out strategy of what I’d be. My heart was set on being an alien but when I opened my mum’s laptop to look at costumes they were all way too expensive for me. I wouldn’t let this stop me so I went into the kitchen, grabbed a colander and some aluminium foil and got to work on making my own alien outfit. When the fancy dress competition finally arrived I won it and was (no pun intended), over the moon!
This proves that you don’t need money to succeed and that when you face a hurdle that you feel will stop you from achieving your dreams, you can always reach for the colander and aluminium foil in the kitchen!
Whether it be in business or everyday situations it’s super important that we don’t judge a situation too quickly. This is something we face on a day to day basis. I can’t stress how vital it is that we all keep an open mind for the sakes of ourselves and others. The problem is, people usually only realise this when it’s too lat
One of these little moments happened to me last year with one of my old school friends. I was on tour in Malaysia contacting one of my really good friends who for the sake of this blog we’ll call ‘K’. We’d been friends for two years and had helped each other through about a billion and one situations at school. Anyway, I land in Kuala Lumpur Airport and text him like normal. Bare in mind at this point it was like 3 AM in the UK so no reply would have obviously been what I’d expect. I check my phone in the morning, he’s seen the message. No reply. I get it, the amount of times I read messages and then Alexa will remind to trim a cress plant or something, we’ve all been there right? Here’s where it gets weird. A week passes and I’ve sent a few more messages. He’s seen them all. I mean, at this point I’m thinking ‘How much cress does this guy have?!’. 2 MONTHS go by. Nothing. I then asked one of our mutual friends to just ask him what’s going on (understandably). The reply was insane, way bigger than I could’ve thought. This was a long long list of things I’d been accused of doing. What’s interesting about this is a) none of them were true, b) I’d left this school 3 months before the silent treatment started. If anyone’s familiar with 21st century teens, this was a textbook example of an active Snapchat gossip group (or something of the sort).
For the next few months I try everything to try and get hold of him, contact his brother, email, phone. Everything. And my response? Nothing. Look, I would have understood the silence if I’d have done something. Of course I would’ve been annoyed and obviously I sent a text apologising if I had done something that I wasn’t aware of but in my eyes I hadn’t. If I had I would have wanted to have been made aware of it at least, or had the chance to apologise. But I didn’t. What frustrates me is the helplessness of the situation. Nothing I could have said would’ve changed it.
That’s just one of my examples that can be translated into about a million different messages. The most prominent, never judge a situation too quickly. We all do it (and have it done to us), it’s like judging a book by it’s cover. What you see on the outside isn’t always what you get. The only people that can change that is us. It’s easy to go with the first thing we hear. It’s like reading an exam question once, the question may have said multiply the number instead of divide, they’re polar opposites. I don’t hold a grudge against K, of course he isn’t my favourite person the world but this didn’t start from him, it was a chain of events, a group of people that can easily sway someone into a thought. I really hope people learn something from this story as it was a horrible thing to be involved in.
Think of a time you’ve wanted to make some money. We think of it a lot. Whether it be on the high street, on Amazon or in a bank, we’ve all been there. What’s more satisfying than hearing the jingling of coins in your pocket?
Whilst I was on my Vietnam tour in April, I noticed a certain peculiar business. It required no website, no Facebook Ads, no social media, nothing but one man and an umbrella by the side of the road. This guy was selling shade! Customers on motorbikes would drive up to the side of the road and pay for however long they were there for. It was genius!
You can start a business doing ANYTHING.
I recently had the opportunity to meet the fabulous Mary Portas at an Entrepreneur’s Circle event run by Nigel Boterill. Of course, I knew Mary from TV but I must admit, I didn’t exactly know much about her story and how she found herself being crowned Mary Queen of Shops.
One day after the Young and Mighty book launch I wasn’t exactly in the mood to get out of bed at six in the morning but I knew this was something worth getting up for!
A bubbly, energetic Mary Portas took to the stage (with on point hair may I add!) In five years of retail I don’t think I’ve ever met someone with such passion and dedication towards it. In a world of easy access to our favourite brands online, it’s very easy for all of us, me included, to be led into an obsession of online shopping. Mary talks a lot about the successes and mistakes that all retailers are making today.
Follow Henry as he starts his far east tour, speaking to students and entrepreneurs throughout Vietnam.
Last year, I met up with Mike Krieger, the co-founder of Instagram.
Because of the nature of his product, I had this impression in my mind that he would be loud and the centre of attention. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Mike is a thinker. Very quiet, calm and unassuming. A really lovely guy.Read more…
I was lucky enough to spend three days with Mary Buffett and I must admit I found it life changing.
I have to be honest, I didn’t really know how her ex father in law, Warren Buffet, became one of the world’s richest men. I didn’t know anything about investing and certainly didn’t think I would be able to do it.
I met Mary because we were both speakers on the Wealth Summit tour in Vietnam. We shared a poster in fact!
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending a day with Nick Jenkins, the founder of the fantastic personalised greeting card company Moonpig.com.
I love to hear stories of how ideas were created – it is never as straightforward as it seems.
I had two questions that I was desperate to ask: Why call the company Moonpig and how did they come up with one of the most contagious jingles ever?